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#MeTooAnthro: sexual assault and harassment in anthropology

Convenors:
Esther R Anderson (University of Southern Queensland)
Stream:
Anthropology
Location:
Examination Schools Room 6
Start time:
20 September, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Anthropologists face unique working conditions that can increase exposure to sexual assault and harassment, however scholars are often given little disciplinary space to reflect on its impact in their work. #MeTooAnthro invites discussion on how to make our discipline a safer and more just space.

Long abstract:

Anthropologists face unique working conditions - inside and outside the university - that increase our exposure to the risk of sexual assault and harassment. There is no shortage of evidence that sexual assault and harassment feature in the fieldwork of anthropologists (Nelson et al. 2017), however scholars are often given little academic space to reflect on its impact in their work. #MeTooAnthro is a movement committed to making our discipline a safer and more just space, acknowledging that many groups in our community are disproportionately affected by assault and harassment, and are further discriminated when attempting to seek redress. This panel invites contributors to discuss sexual assault and harassment in relation to the bodies of anthropologists. We invite contributors to lead discussions on addressing gendered and/or sexual violence; on the provision of resources for how supervisors and faculty can better support students in response to allegations of sexual assault and harassment; to share best practice on pre-fieldwork planning sessions for early career researchers; and to consider the intersections between gender, ethnicity and sexuality. The panel will also gain feedback on proposed revisions to ethical guidelines, to include an acknowledgement of the possibility of sexual assault and harassment, and a commitment to ensuring respectful research conduct in professional settings. #MeTooAnthro grew from a meeting of anthropologists at the 2017 AAS/ASA/ASAANZ conference. The UK working group will convene during the ASA meeting. ASA participants interested in joining are welcome to contact metooanthro@gmail.com.